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CANNIFF, James Clarence Jr. Age 82, of North Weymouth and Eastham, died peacefully, Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Milton, surrounded by his loving family. He was born and raised in Quincy and was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1951. Jim also attended a stone cutting school in Barre, Vermont. He had lived in North Weymouth for over forty years and was also a summer resident of Eastham on Cape Cod for over forty years where he made many lasting friendships. Jim was a well-known Quincy monument dealer and the owner and operator of the James Clarence Canniff, Jr. Monument Company, which he founded in 1971. Previously he had worked over twenty years in the industry with and under the leadership of his late father, J. Clarence Canniff. During his sixty-five year career, Jim had assisted thousands of families in their time of need. He was a generous, hard-working man who created lasting memorials for families, various organizations, schools, cities and towns. Jim quietly donated his time and talent on many public and private projects. He was a member of the Eastham Lodge of Elks where he assisted in many clambakes and lodge events. Jim was devoted to his family and loved traveling, camping and snowmobiling with his children and grandkids. He was also a longtime volunteer and especially enjoyed his duty as a "babysitter" at Children Hospital in Boston. Beloved husband for forty-seven years of Esther M. (Zaporetsky) Canniff. Devoted father of Charlene, Daniel, Jamie Lynn, Stephen, Jeanne Marie and the late Karen Canniff. He was also father of Deborah, Michael, Cheryl, David, Scott, Judith, Michele and the late James Canniff. Jim was the loving grandfather of many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Loving son of the late J. Clarence and Evelyn D. (Warmington) Canniff. Dear brother of Frederick Canniff and his wife Nannette of Randolph, Reid Canniff and his wife Madelyn of Quincy, the late Doreen Croke and her husband Paul of Scituate. Jim is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. At the family's request, funeral arrangements are private. For those who wish, donations in Jim's memory may be made to the Boston Children's Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215. Arrangements are under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, QUINCY. You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.
Published in The Boston Globe on Apr. 17, 2016
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